Pentaschistis mannii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pentaschistis mannii
Species Authority: C.E. Hubbard
Taxonomic Notes: This species is now generally considered not distinct from P. pictigluma (Steud.) Pilger, a species of montane Rwanda, Sudan (Imatongs) and Ethiopia (H.P. Linder pers. comm.). Indeed at Kew, P. mannii is not now recognized.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Lower Risk/near threatened ver 2.3
Year Published: 2000
Date Assessed: 2000-01-01
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Assessor(s): Cheek, M. & Cable, S.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Mt. Cameroon. It is known from 20 collections, all taken before 1988. It is notable that this plant is not found on neighbouring mountains, such as Bioko or Mount Oku, nor is any other Pentaschistis although those mountains have sufficient altitude to sustain this species. Most botanists ascending to the peak (where it is one of only six flowering plant species) collect it. The absence of recent collections owes to the fact that altitudes above 3,000 m were not covered in the 1992 inventory.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in upper montane grassland (2,700-4,000 m altitude). Habitat has been described as "summit with mosses in tussocks on bare volcanic ash" .
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Cheek, M. & Cable, S. 2000. Pentaschistis mannii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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